Civil Asset Forfeiture


Under Civil Asset Forfeiture law, US citizens can often be subjected to having their money or property seized without having been even charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. When police and law enforcement take property, with no trial, little due process, and sometimes no warning, it is up to the victim to hire a lawyer (if they can afford one) to try and get their property back.

The DKT Liberty Project believes that US citizens should not be considered guilty until proven innocent, and we are pushing back against civil forfeiture abuses by paying the attorney fees of victims and supporting efforts to get these laws reformed.


SUPREME COURT STRIKES A BLOW AGAINST EXCESSIVE FINES IN LANDMARK CASE

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September 17, 2019

The Supreme Court voted unanimously for criminal justice reform, placing limits on “policing for profit,” as it has rightly been called. This ruling prohibits all the states from imposing excessive fines on people convicted or even accused of a crime. In this case, Timbs v. Indiana, law enforcement took Mr. Timbs’ $42,000 truck when Timbs’ crime Read the full article…

Pushing back against forfeiture seizures

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March 25, 2019

Hilda Bazan, a woman in her 50’s works in sales in Los Angeles. She lives with her two nephews. A few years ago, Hilda purchased a new Kia Optima. She often lent the car to her nephew, so he could get to work and run other errands. Some months ago, without Hilda’s knowledge, her nephew Read the full article…

Kala Rains Wins Case on Appeal

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Kala Rains and her husband owned a small ranch in rural southern California.  After her husband died, everything seemed to go downhill for her. Temptation came knocking in 2013 when a man said he would give her $300 to let two Mexican aliens stay one night at her ranch.  She agreed, but one night turned Read the full article…

Time to put brakes on civil forfeiture law

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July 28, 2017

Here’s a clip from Ronald Fraser’s opinion article on Civil Asset Forfieture: By giving police officers a huge financial incentive to aggressively target forfeitable assets, rather than pursue justice, the feds invite property rights abuse. What to do? According to the Institute for Justice, a Washington-based public-interest law firm, Pennsylvania lawmakers should follow the lead Read the full article…

Ending Nebraska’s property forfeiture scam

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June 24, 2017

Ronald Frasher, Ph.D., writes on public policy issues for the DKT Liberty Project, and recently wrote the following for the Kerney Hub: “Ending Nebraska’s property forfeiture scam.”  Here’s a clip: In response to mounting cases of private property abuse, Nebraska lawmakers are determined to end state and local law enforcement’s addition to a lucrative federal Read the full article…

VICTORY FOR THE FRIENDLY MARKET IN OKLAHOMA!

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June 23, 2017

After three trials supported by the DKT Liberty Project, prosecutors drop all charges  From the Washington Post: An Oklahoma prosecutor dropped drug-related charges Monday against the owner of a now-closed pipe shop in Norman and a store clerk after previous trials on similar charges ended in acquittals and a hung jury. “It is a surprise Read the full article…

Prosecution of Oklahoma pipe shop leaves residents perplexed

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From Sean Murphy at the Associated Press: While other states across the nation are easing penalties for marijuana use or legalizing the drug altogether, Norman police and its Republican district attorney are taking the opposite tack: pursuing criminal charges against the now-shuttered Friendly Market shop owner Robert Cox and several of his clerks for selling glass Read the full article…